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Want a great book to read this summer? Learn to be lucky!

I’m so happy that Inc.’s contributing editor Jeff Haden has included Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others in his roundup of “5 Great New Business Books to Read This Summer.”

I’ve talked to a lot of incredibly successful people. They all credit luck for at least part of their success. Yet when they do, I often think, “Wait… that wasn’t luck. You put yourself in that position.” Or, “You worked hard to build those connections.” Or, “You got that break because you refused to quit.”

You get the point. Total

Lordy lordy, look who’s becoming an author

I have a book deal!! Yes, I’ve already posted it elsewhere, but you’re allowed to repeat yourself when it’s a dream you’ve worked really hard to achieve.


My editor at Portfolio/Penguin is Maria Gagliano, who was also the editor of fellow Portlander/personal hero Chris Guillebeau’s first book The Art of Non-Conformity. Because Portfolio is a business imprint and my book is a work of popular psychology, I’ve been analyzing books by Dan Pink and the Heath brothers just to see how they perfect that mix of readability and prescription. Because of all of my analyzing, I’m confident that I have

The downside of passion

It’s easy to think that you have to make your life all about your work if you want to succeed, especially when we’re constantly fed stories that repeat the trope that brilliance without obsession (or problems) is impossible.

Today I had an article on obsessive and harmonious passion published in The Atlantic that discusses this very topic. As it turns out, the workers, students and athletes who don’t respond to threats aren’t lazy, they’re just the ones with a healthier attitude towards their work. Those who react to the idea of failure are the ones you’ve got to worry

Ready to get lucky?

Joan Didion

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

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Can You Learn to be Lucky: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others by Karla Starr

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